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TORTOSA-MARTINEZ, Juan; CAUS-PERTEGAZ, Nuria  and  MARTINEZ-ROMAN, María Asunción. Vida Triste and Buen Vivir according to older adults in Otavalo, Ecuador. Convergencia [online]. 2014, vol.21, n.65, pp.147-169. ISSN 2448-5799.

This paper is based on a previous initial analysis of a cooperation project with a social entity in the Canton of Otavalo (Ecuador), aimed to include physical activity and games in the integral service for the elderly living in indigence. In order to gather information about the context of the target population, their previous experiences and expectations, a research was conducted based on the histories of life of the elderly. Furthermore, the policies of "Buen Vivir" Program (Good Living) for the elderly were analyzed, based on the current legislation and in-depth interviews with key informants. Using a multidisciplinary approach, reflections about constituent elements of "Buen vivir" are presented, and it is emphasized the importance of integral interventions for the promotion of the "Buen vivir" for older adults based on their past, their points of view, and the territorial resources of support and help available.

Keywords : Buen vivir; elderly people; physical activity; recreation; social indicators.

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